F1 Report: Max Verstappen Calls For Huge Austin GP Change

Championship winner Max Verstappen believes that the bumps on the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin are better suited to rally drivers. Offering a frank opinion and calling for a smoother surface for future races, he said that the track is currently not at F1 level.

 

Not only from Formula 1 drivers but complaints about the uneven surface at COTA also poured in from the MotoGP world in recent years with riders calling for a resurfacing of the track.

 

 

 

After much criticism, COTA repaved some areas of the track in 2022. However, nothing was done all this while until recently when Turns 12 and 14-16 were resurfaced.

 

 

 

But that still wasn’t enough to eliminate all the bumps according to Verstappen, who won his 50th Grand Prix race in Austin. Speaking to the media, the Dutch driver said:

 

 

“It needs to be redone because at the moment it feels like it’s better suited to a rally car. I’m jumping and bouncing around.

 

“In an F1 car probably you don’t even see it as much because, of course, we are glued to the ground because of the downforce, but the bumps and jumps that we have in some places, this is way too much. I don’t think it’s F1 level.

 

“I love this track. Honestly, the layout is amazing but we definitely need new tarmac and it needs to be a lot smoother for the coming years, because we already asking for this for I think quite a few years, and it’s not really been done.”

 

 

The bumps proved to be the worst for Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso who was forced to retire mid-race due to a smashed floor. Talking about the extent of the damage, team principal Mike Krack said:

 

“The track is brutal here. It’s really very, very tough.

 

“And there was one part of the floor, the floor on the right, that is just broken off, like half a metre in length. Just gone.

 

“We know that this is a hard circuit, you come here, you reinforce everything, you will strengthen the brake ducts, you strengthen the deflectors, you strengthen everything that you can strengthen.”

 

 

Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified after the race due to excessive wear on their car’s skid blocks. It is suspected that the rough surface was the reason for the plank’s rapid degradation. The former secured P2 but lost the podium spot after the disqualification.

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